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15. Fredriksberg, road 223 - Skottvång mine, 10,5 km

Start: N 59°11.617'   E 017°11.074'. Parking available at former bus stop.
Bus stop: Svinsjö gård approx. 500 metres south on road 223. Bus stop Fredriksberg has been cancelled.
Shelter: By Mellan-Marviken - N 59°12.450'   E 017°08.961' and Skottvång - N 59°10.936' E 017°08.215'
Drinking water: Spring after 1,2 km, N 59°12.040' E 017°10.631' and shortly before Marvikarna, N 59°12.701' E 017°08.915'

Already after hiking just a kilometre you will find this sections´ first sight, the remains of an ancient hill fort that you can climb if you follow the blue markings. Shortly thereafter you will reach a spring where you will find the remains of a charcoal burner's hut and a charcoal stack. 500 metres further on you reach the terrible Vargdroget, a rift valley where you will find another charcoal burner's hut, and maybe even discover the charcoal kiln you are passing through!

You keep hiking through varying forest terrain and pass more charcoal kilns and ruins of charcoal burner's huts, before heading uphill where you reach the mountain by the lake Mellan-Marviken. The rock face plunges steeply down to the fault line that formed Marviken lakes. The trail now follows the hill for a stretch, and just before the connection point to section 15:1 you will find a natural spring. Before you reach the strait between the Lower and Middle Marviken you will pass a fine Bronze Age cairn, which is probably a tomb.

The trail then follows Marviken western shore, and after about 700 metres, you will reach the point of division where the alternate section 15:2 leads to two popular shelters by the water. Here, hikers and kayakers need to share the space. The alternative route of section 15 (15:2), follows Lake Marviken a short stretch, then uphill and through a nature reserve. See sign at the dividing point up the hill above the shelters.

If you instead follow the main route of the section, you will come up on Stenhuggarmon with an observation tower 92 metres above sea level. On the way down you can see a very distinct shoreline (shingle banks) from 5000 BC. It was Litorina Sea water that created these banks when this area was part of the inner archipelago. On old paths and trails, you continue south, and just before you reach Skottvång you will reach the embankment, which until World War II carried ore trains from the mines in Åkers Bergslag to Åkers styckebruk.

The end of this section, Skottvång, is an old mining area which was originally exploited in the 1200s. The mine was shut down 1921. Skottvång is today a popular tourist destination, including a restaurant (summer).

Eastern Sörmlands Mining Association has erected a wood working barracks with ten beds for overnight stay. Toilet, shower, sauna and hot water is available in a separate building.

At Skottvång is a mining museum.

Skottvångs grufva

2017-09-18

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